I store my music on an external drive. My hard drive space is too limited to have my entire collection on it when I have a good sized external drive. I've set Spotify's cache (where offline music is stored) to that external drive. That works fine. However, if I start Spotify without my external drive plugged in, rather than saying that Spotify couldn't find the music and to please mount the drive or listen to music via streaming, Spotify starts redownloading all the music that I set to offline and changes the cache location back to the local drive. Even if I then plug my external drive in, it has to redownload all the offline music. This isn't convenient when I have 2,000 offline tracks. That takes a while to download.
I would like Spotify to recognize that my external drive isn't mounted and then say: you'll be unable to listen to your offline music. Then pause any syncing until my external drive is plugged back in (and look for the tracks when it gets plugged back in rather than starting syncing all over when all the tracks are still on the external drive).
I'm sure I can't be the only person that would like to store their music on an external drive. As it is right now I'm forced to make sure I have my external drive with me wherever I go or not open Spotify on my laptop (because if I do it will have to resync EVERYTHING, even once I plug my drive back in).
To avoid running up data charges for those of use without unlimited plans on our mobile devices:
It would be fantastic if spotify could detect the absence of the WiFi network and automatically switch to offline mode to avoid streaming on 3G/4G. Ideally, you could turn this option on or off depending on your preference. Even the ability to simply turn off 3G streaming would be an improvement (this option already exists for synching).
As it is, i have to remember to turn offline mode on and off everytime i leave a wifi network. This frequent toggling of the offline mode has resulted in the loss of my synched content on several occasions. Adding this feature to the settings menu would save me time and money, improve the overall experience of the app, and create another draw for the premium subscription.
Ever since the new update, i'm are not capable of searching for songs/artist/albums on my Android device if I am offline. This is incredibly frustrating because this means I have to scroll through me playlist (containing over 700 songs on each playlist) to find one indivisual track,arist, or album. Spotify needs to bring this feature back to android devices.
Occasionally, when I am using Spotify on multiple devices, offline access for one of my devices gets revoked. I normally just mark the playlists for offline use again, but Spotify downloads allof the tracks again, meaning that I use around 600MB of internet.
This is unnacceptable, as 600MB is a lot, and it takes ages to download, especially on my measily mobile broadband connection. This happens on both the desktop and mobile clients.
So my idea is that the clients shouldn't redownload tracks - they should keep them there until they are manually deleted, so that people don't have to download them again.
I did search, but couldn't find a duplicate. Sorry if it is :/
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